19 things before 19
19 THINGS BEFORE 19

As this week has all been about reflecting on my life and turning a new year, I thought I’d end the week on planning for the future. I love bucket lists as I think they are a great way to challenge yourself and experience new things. So in this post, I thought I’d list 19 things I want to do before I turn 19.

GO ON A NIGHT OUT

With being 18 now, I can finally have a fun night out with my mates. I’m not too sure when that can be done safely given the virus and all, but it is definitely something I want to do in the next year. Fingers crossed, by new year we can have a great night out.

GET A-LEVEL RESULTS

Okay, so I may not have sat the exams but getting my A-Level results is still something I want to tick off the list. It still feels very strange not to have sat the exams but I can only hope that the results will get me into university next year. I also feel like getting my results really draws the line in ending my time at sixth form so I think it will be exciting to move onto the next stage.

CONTINUE TO BLOG

I honestly can’t really see myself ending my blog altogether but I’d love to post as consistently as I do now. Perhaps not three times a week, but even once a week, I’d be happy with that. Especially when going to university and keeping my job, balancing my blog is going to be a challenge, but it’s something I love and want to continue.

REACH 1K ON INSTA

Reaching 1k on Instagram took me ages last time but when I deleted all of my followers to start from scratch, it really helped my engagement rate. So I would love to reach 1k soon but with a high engagement rate. I love my Instagram and it is actually something I’m super proud of. Getting creative with outfits and photography are some of my favourite things to do now because of it.

TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING LUXURY

I’m not particularly good at treating myself, as I tend to talk myself out of it quite quickly. But I’d love to buy myself something that is a little more expensive as a treat. Maybe not for a particular reason or occasion, but just to give myself something that I’ve worked hard to earn.

OPEN A SAVINGS ACCOUNT

It kind of contradicts my last point but I am really trying to be clever with my money. I want to open up a savings account and add to it every month when my wages come in. Big or small, it is just something I want to start doing as I think it’s important for big investments in later life.

CUT OUT TOXIC PEOPLE

Sounds quite harsh really, but being surrounded by good people is really important to me. I know the effects it can have on your self esteem and mental health. So it is something I want to concentrate on. Those people who don’t make me laugh or happy or don’t support me, they aren’t the people I want in my life. I have got big aspirations and I don’t want to be surrounded by people who don’t believe in me, so I think it is important to be surrounded by people who encourage the best in me.

MEET NEW PEOPLE

I am hugely introverted and struggle making friends but with going to university next year and just generally growing up, I do want to meet new people. Just to gain a greater understanding, build my confidence and make new relationships with people. I think it can be such a great thing to meet new people and experience new things so it is something I want to really focus on this year.

TAKE A RISK

Not necessarily just a risk, but something completely out of my comfort zone. Instead of overthinking it and talking myself out of it, I just want to go for it. It could lead to something new and exciting so I want to be able to just do it and to have no regrets later.

19 THINGS BEFORE 19

TRAVEL ABROAD ALONE

Travelling is something I really want to do more of in the next coming years. From weekend trips to Europe to month long trips around Asia. In an ideal world, I’d do them all. But this year, I want to start off small as I have never actually travelled alone before.

GET A NEW PIERCING

I have been saying it for ages but I really want another ear piercing. I only have my lobes done and I would love seconds or maybe my rook. But like I said earlier, I just need to book it and go for it.

DONATE BLOOD

Quite a weird one if you like, but it is something I’d like to do as it could change someone’s life. I’m not sure how it will work if corona is still around, it is something I really need to look into, but I would love to donate blood.

MAKE SOME MISTAKES

Quite a vague one, but I’m the sort of person who would rather not risk it at all and make no mistakes rather than taking the risk and making some mistakes along the way. It is something I’m trying to work on. So I do want to make some mistakes this year. I think it will only help me learn about myself and my purpose more.

WORK ON MY PASSION PROJECT

I have a lot of passions but me and my indecisive mind can never just focus on one. But I really want to narrow it down. To pick something that I love and feel passionate about. Something that makes me want to wake up everyday and learn more about. I think it would be really important for myself to work on something just for me.

START UP DANCING AGAIN

Growing up, I was always dancing. Whether that be in proper lessons or just freestyle in my room. But I want to be like that again. My last dance school didn’t treat me particularly well and it was really toxic for me. So when I look back now, I associate dancing with a lot of those negative memories. But I used to love it so much and I want to feel that again. Hopefully when dance schools reopen, I can get myself into some classes.

GET STRONGER

This is more on the physical side but a couple of years back, I was so good at working out and I got so strong. However with life getting a little busier, that stopped, but I want to get it back. I’ve actually already started on this goal as I just want to get back to that place of feeling physically strong. Not necessarily looking super toned or being able to lift a certain amount, I just want to feel healthier in myself.

EARN MONEY FROM A SIDE HUSTLE

It could be pennies but I’d be happy with that. I have a couple of ‘side hustles’ that aren’t yet making money, but I’d love to get them to that stage. I’m not sure what I want as a career but I’d love to get as much experience as possible in lots of different sectors I’m interested in. It may take me a while to do the learning and growth side of things, but I would love to have a money-making side hustle.

RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

I’d love to launch a fundraiser or participate in one and contribute to raising money for charity. Particularly one that is very close to me. I have a couple of ideas as to what I’d like to do, but I’d just love to say that I’ve raised x amount for this charity and to even go and see the impact it can have.

WORK ON MYSELF

Another general point but something still very much in the works. Being selfish and working on my own personal growth. It’s something very new to me and although I think my mindset is getting there, there is still a lot left to figure out. At the end of the day, I just want to be a good person and live a fulfilled life. So I want to be taking those steps everyday and working on myself to achieve that.

I hope some of you found this post interesting and maybe it’s inspired you to set some goals for the future!
Lots of love,
Grace

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